Government and Port of Melbourne should stop secrecy and release all information about channel deepening
Media reports yesterday that the government has received two 'confidential' reports that link channel deepening to coastal erosion in the south of Port Phillip Bay and the loss of Portsea front beach are no surprise to locals or others who have been watching the changes in the south of the Bay since the channel deepening project ended, Sue Pennicuik, Greens MP for Southern Metropolitan Region said today.
“Why are these reports confidential?” Ms Pennicuik asked. “Information about the state of Port Phillip Bay belongs to the public, not to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) or to the Port of Melbourne,” she said.
The Port has refused to release the full range of data it has collected on the changed bathymetry in the Bay since channel deepening.
“I have asked for this information through the parliament and through Freedom of Information (FOI) and have not been given access to the range of meaningful data that would allow the parliament and the public to see just what has happened and is happening in the Bay and how much more water is entering and leaving on each tide.
Figures release yesterday in the Victorian Training Market Quarterly Report show that enrolments in TAFE have fallen by 7%.
Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, said today that as expected, the massive funding cuts to the TAFE system means that thousands of students are no longer able to attend TAFE.
"The $300 million cuts to TAFE budgets by the Baillieu / Napthine Governments has resulted in the loss of hundreds of courses and dedicated TAFE staff and fee rises in all our public TAFE institutes," Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In looking at this bill I also took the time to look at the presentation made by the Presiding Officers to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and to read some of the remarks made by the President. As is normally the case, the major part of the appropriation -- in fact 86 per cent of it -- goes to the Department of Parliamentary Services, and it covers the salaries et cetera of MPs staff and electorate office budgets.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I met Andrew Butterworth through my dear friend Trina Reeve, who was his partner for 21 years. Andrew was a gorgeous person who lived a life of passion, humour, intelligence, love and good works. He was warm, generous, welcoming and fun to be with. Andrew was a builder and skilled craftsman with a fine arts degree in timber. He was a gifted teacher of furniture design at TAFE, and his students loved and respected him.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- By leave, I move my amended motion 589:
That this house expresses its concern that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has granted coastal consent for the construction of a boat ramp at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, known as 'Option 3b' despite --
(1) the Gippsland Coastal Board opposing it;
(2) 87 per cent of submissions to the 2007 inquiry EES opposing it;
(3) the October 2008 independent panel report on the ocean access boat ramp, Bastion Point Mallacoota, recommending that a minor improvement to the existing boat ramp is as much as should be done at Bastion Point; and
(4) The Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Transport recommending an alternative option H2;
Who: Sue Pennicuik MLC, Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson
When: Saturday 22 June, 11.30am
Where: Flemington Racecourse (Main Entrance – Epsom Rd Entrance)
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC will join protesters at Flemington Racecourse tomorrow to call on the government to ban this cruel and barbaric sport.
Tragically, Mikiyama fell at the Warrnambool trails last week, and was killed over the weekend bringing deaths in Victorian Jumps Racing this year to three. This follows six deaths last year and eleven deaths in 2011 in Victoria and SA.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Health (for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change):
(1) Has any Crown Land been removed from or added to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve since 2009.
(2) Has the Government received payment for any Crown Land added to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, and, if so, what amount.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security): With regard to the Minister’s response to question on notice 9339:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): What is the accurate figure of the expected number of primary aged children in the Docklands precinct from 2012 to 2022 and what is the source of that figure, given that: a report by Ernst & Young found the number of five to 12 year olds in Southbank and Docklands will jump from 285 in